Salón VINORO 2014 “The wine tasting at The Ritz”


The 4th Edition of Vinoro Hall will take place April 7th at the Hotel Ritz in Madrid.

Every year thousands of wine experts and wine lovers gather to taste the most highly awarded wines of Spain.

Both wine professionals and journalists specialized in the sector will taste wines and compare their opinions.

There will be a gourmet area represented by Finca Es Fangar, Pago La Jaraba, Consorcio de Jamón Serrano Español, La Real Carolina, Los Alcalareños, Umoh y Embutidos de Cardeña.

The painter Inma Amo will exhibit her wine label designs ”EtiquetArte” and some of her most representative paintings.


There will also be a “Solidary Store” to benefit the MESSENGERS OF PEACE Foundation where you can buy donated wines with the proceeds going to help soup kitchens.

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The SALON VINORO is an event that stands out for its quality, solidarity, award-winning wines, all organized in collaboration with several of the most important National Calendar wine competitions and the support and recognition of:
 AEPEV Spanish Association of Journalists and Writers on Wine
AMS Madrid Association of Sommeliers
The entrance fee is 25 euros.
Use promo code VQORO to purchase your tickets at a 40% discount until the end of this week.
For more information and ticket sales please visit:
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StreetXO is the informal and low cost version of start chef David Muñoz’s three Michelin star restaurant DiverXO.

Located in the Gourmet Experience of El Corte Ingles Callao (Floor 9), StreetXO is characterized by the originality of its fusion cuisine.

The small bar area is usually full and you have to wait to sit about 15 minutes. Disco music blasts in the background and the cooks explain over the din each dish being served. The atmosphere is young and frenetic.

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We recommend the Chilli Crab with paprika, chipotle and manto, served with two Chinese fried bread.


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Also try the sweet and sour Ramen with Spanish ham, egg, paprika, served with ham flavored broth.


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Around 30 euros per person.

New Town Market

From March 27th to the 30th the first edition of the New Town Market will take place in Madrid.

A pop up market where new designers will sell their fashion and accessories.

There will be a gourmet area, a pop-up bar, and a space for the DAR Foundation.


The market will be located in a New York style space of 485 meters, on two floors, and with outdoor terraces. C/ Ortega y Gasset, 5.

Open from 11am to 22pm.


Night of the Theaters

The seventh edition of Night of the Theaters will be held on March 27 in Madrid.

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More than 200 staged activities will take place in over 100 theaters, institutions and streets around the city.

Activities such as public meetings, concerts, exhibitions, lectures, visits to the scenes and programs dedicated to young people will also be conducted.

Attendees will enjoy discounts up to 50% at the box office in the functions for the same day.

The program will start at 5pm on the Fuencarral street, with outdoor activities and a parade for children.

Here is a list of the theaters in Madrid which will take part of the event:



DIY Show

The International Exhibition DO IT YOURSELF took place in Madrid March 21 to 23 at Neptune Palace (C/ Cervantes, 42).

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Many designers and creators participated in the fair, displaying their handmade collections. Organized activities were offered like cooking, embroidery, costume design, headpiece decoration, custom stamps, jewelry, flowers etc.




In addition, classes were offered on different subjects including life coaching and Workshop 3.0 for bloggers.



The price for the classes was from 5 to 20 euros per person.

Here are some pictures from our visit to the fair:

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Antiques & New Deco Fair

For the third edition, the Antiques & New Deco fair was held 13 to 16 March in Moda Shopping Mall, in collaboration with Nuevo Estilo magazine.

Over 40 exhibitors from around Spain, classic, bohemian and industrial, offered all sorts of items at affordable prices.

The exhibitors included Va de Retro, Bric á Brac, Sani´s Corner, La Recova, Vide Greniers, The Point, el Taller de Argensola, Recuperando lo antiguo, La Casita de Margaux, Calma Chechu and The Flea Ants & Hands.


Furthermore, this edition had free workshops and courses.

Very well organized, high quality vintage and new items made for enjoyable shopping.

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We recommend you do not to miss the fair next year!

La Radio Encendida 2014

Sunday, March 16, Radio 3 and La Casa Encendida are organizing for the XII edition, La Radio Encendida music festival.

Live music with artists of different styles in various settings.

This festival will feature artists Najwa, Izal, We Are Standard, and Mr. Nach Chinarro, among others.


Admission is free and invitations must be picked up two hours before each concert. Places are limited so get your invitation early.

La Radio Encendida is broadcast live on Radio 3 with video streaming available on


            12:00 h en el Patio: Sara Pi, Nach y Rayden

            13:30 h en el Auditorio: Sangre, Ricardo Vicente y The Noises

            14:30 h en el Patio: AmyJo Doh & The Spangles y Dinero

            15:30 h en el Auditorio: I am Dive, Cuchillo y Tremenda Trementina

            17:00 h en el Patio: Los Nastys y León Benavente

            18:00 h en el Auditorio: Ángel Stanich, Tachenko y Polock

            19:30 h en el Patio: We Are Standard e Izal

            20:30 h en el Auditorio: Neuman y Sr. Chinarro

            21:30 h en el Patio: Najwa, Sidonie y Eme DJ + Bravo Fisher


Pop up wedding store

For those thinking about getting married soon, visit Pop up Bodas from Maquis & Co. at C/ Maldonado, 37 Madrid.



There one can find details about wedding decoration, photographers, flowers, accessories, catering and even a photocall.

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Open until Saturday, 11:30am to 8:30pm.

Friendly Madrid organizes your wedding, birthday, baptism, and other events.

For more information, contact us by email at or in the form on the website, and we will be happy to help you.

Brunch in Madrid

From Friendly Madrid we recommend you two cafés for brunch in the area around Conde Duque in Madrid.


Plaza Cristino Martos, 2   Telephone number: 911399809

With rustic style and a modern touch Mur Café has chester chairs, wooden tables, a fireplace and exposed wooden beams.

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The menu is composed of natural products and homemade recipes.

There are three options for brunch, the full brunch for 22 euros, 13 and 15 euros for more simple options. You can add any cocktail for 5 euros.

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For two people we recommend two smaller brunch options to share.


 C/ Amaniel, 23    Telephone number: 918057930

A neo-American restaurant with high ceilings, plaster moldings, decorated with vintage furniture and modern touches.

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The full brunch with coffee and juice costs 16 euros, with an option to add a cocktail for 3 euros. While a single main course with coffee and juice costs 13 euros.

 The portions are generous.


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Central Design Market

This past weekend the Central Design Market took place again in Madrid in a warehouse at Matadero, Paseo de la Chopera, 14.

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A great place to shop for unique clothing, decoration, fashion and artwork of emerging Spanish designers. In addition, the market offers workshops, concerts and food and drinking options.

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The Central Design Market runs on the first weekend of every month from 11 am to 10 pm.

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These are some items that we liked from the market:

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Among the designers showing their wares were: Encuire, Yiyí Gutz, Srta. Bolitas, Pakita Clamores, Rughara Concept Store, Buokids, M. Bureau.